Just a quick reminder that we have two competitions active in April. Our normal Open competition plus the special Nature competition. Close dates are on the website and you’ll get a reminder 3 days in advance.
Note that the close date for the Nature Competition is on Sunday the 28th April which also coincides with our away weekend to Lithgow Ironfest for those who are attending. If you are going and want to submit for that competition you may want to get in early.
Also, one additional note on the upload process for the Nature competition. We will only have the digital upload classification. Because of this the upload “tick” boxes that you normally see to the left after each load to tell you which category you selected won’t be visible. This is because we only have the one default category – digital for that competition.
by David Curtis, April 6, 2019
There is another external competition is kicking off in May that you may want to look at – Heritage Bank Photographic Awards. Link below.
by David Curtis, April 5, 2019
Competitions in March – Set Subject Solitude & Open will close Sunday, 17th March 2019, 5:00 PM.
Entries can be made in the following areas:
- Colour Large Print
- Open Small Print
- Mono Large Print
- Open Digital
- SetSubject Digital Solitude
- SetSubject Colour Large Print Solitude
- SetSubject Mono Large Print Solitude
- SetSubject Small Print Solitude
All members are encouraged to enter.
by system account, March 16, 2019
Just a reminder that our March set subject competition – Solitude and Open closes tomorrow evening at 5pm. Don’t forget to upload your pictures! See you all on Tuesday evening.
by David Curtis, March 16, 2019
It was great to see so many people out at our first members outing of 2019. Many thanks again to Marion for hosting and providing the many tips and tricks to improve our nature photography!
I’ve now added a members only photo gallery which is available from the home page of the site. Look for the “Outings Gallery” button on the right hand menu once you are logged in. You’ll find a few pictures from our outing today.
by David Curtis, March 10, 2019
A few of you may have missed it but the folks who run the myphotoclub website have produced some handy videos to guide us around the new site. One of these provides a step-by-step guide on how to upload your photos to a competition. You can find the link here.
Also, going forward you do not have to use the special naming convention that was created for naming your photo files. The new website has functionality that removes the need for this. When you upload a photo just type in the title field the artistic name you would like to give your image.
by David Curtis, February 28, 2019
There is an updated nature definition which has been published by FCC. We thought it would be a useful reference for our nature competition.
You will find the document here.
by David Curtis, February 26, 2019
There has been a small change to the meeting place for the Warriewood Wetlands outing on the 10th March. Revised details are below:
REVISED DETAILS FOR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY OUTING, MARCH 10th, WARRIEWOOD WETLANDS
LEADER: MARION ANSTIS
PLEASE LET MARION KNOW BY TEXT OR EMAIL by Saturday 9th March if you are coming.
MEETING TIME AND PLACE: Venue for the morning has now been changed to just the Warriewood Wetlands area, as Long Reef is a bit harder to get close enough to birds, and parking is $10 an hour!!
So, we will meet at Flower Power nursery (parking available in grounds) at 7 am on March 10. Google maps will show you this, but the address is 22 Macpherson St, Warriewood. I will point out a few tips about settings that may help you get started if you haven’t had much practice photographing birds.
From there we have a morning stroll to visit three small lakes where we hope to see various water birds, possibly Royal Spoonbill, White-face heron, White-necked heron, ducks, coots, moorhens etc. There may be an occasional bird of prey overhead.
After we have explored the three lakes in this area, we will drive to another entrance to the wetlands at Katoa Close off Garden St (parking hopefully available, and free). If the car parking area is full, there is a shopping centre with free parking not too far away, or perhaps street parking nearby.
When we are all together again, we will enter the wetlands and stroll along the boardwalk and forest track where we should see various water birds again, including perhaps Australasian Darters, and even perhaps a Grey Goshawk that has been seen in the area. There are a number of smaller forest birds including thornbills, scrub wrens, superb wrens, pardalotes etc., bell miners are common, and there are whipbirds there. There is also a chance we may come across an Azure Kingfisher. There are a number of butterflies, dragonflies etc. you can practise on too!
When we return, there are picnic tables there, so you may bring some morning tea.
After a break, we will head to another part of the walking trails starting alongside the shopping centre area and walking in a big loop around the wetlands until we return to our cars in Garden St or nearby. Armed with a packed lunch you can have it there or head to the shopping centre nearby after we finish where there is a food court.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
- SLR camera body and tele lens – minimum 200mm, but 300mm or longer is better. Zoom lenses e.g. 70-300mm are fine as well. You can also use a compact zoom camera with inbuilt long zoom if you prefer, but for birds in flight an SLR shutter is better.
- Hat, sunscreen, good walking boots, sunglasses, water bottle, a light long-sleeved shirt if weather is still warm, binoculars if desired.
- Spare battery and card for camera
- Food and drink.
by David Curtis, February 16, 2019
Just a quick reminder that the close off for our February competition is this Sunday at 5pm. We have to close off to allow adequate time to prepare for the meeting on Tuesday evening. As such it is not possible to re-open a competition post the close off. I would encourage everyone who has yet to upload their photos to attempt this early should you encounter any issues. You’ll find specific instructions on how to do the upload in an earlier post. Just login and scroll down on the home page of the website to find the relevant entry. Also, Tom recently sent out a note regarding how to name your image files.
If you have any questions please drop through an email. See you all next Tuesday.
by David Curtis, February 14, 2019
On Saturday 4th May we have a day outing to the Wings Over Illawarra Airshow. I know it is a bit late notice, but I just received a marketing email for discounts on tickets which ends today. If you do intend to attend the event, and want to make use of the discount use the link below and ensure you select a one day ticket for Saturday for the 4th May.
by David Curtis, January 31, 2019